Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Making Japanese Sweets
Anyone who has been to Kyoto will have seen Yatsuhashi being sold in all the tourist shops. Yatsuhashi is a Japanese biscuit invented in Kyoto made from rice flour, sugar and cinnamon. The taste and texture is quite similar to senbei. When Yatsuhashi isn't baked it is very soft and chewy like mochi. This is called Nama Yatsuhashi.
Nama Yatsuhashi is what is used to make Otabe, another popular Kyoto souvenir. On Valentines Day it was our school trip and we went to a workshop to make Otabe. The workshop was on the second floor of the Otabe shop located on Shinmachi street.
Otabe is basically a square of Nama Yatsuhashi with your chosen flavoring inside. Making them was really enjoyable and when we got to eat them at the end they were very delicious! I would definitely recommend this workshop to anyone coming to Kyoto, it takes less than one hour to make (and eat) a traditional Japanese sweet. Much more personal than buying them from one of the many tourist shops.
Location: Shinmachi street
Price: Lessons run daily at ￥600 per person.
Time: The workshop is open from 10am to 2pm.